Autism In Real Life, An Interview with CIP President Dan McManmon

"This type of environment is very conducive towards helping that student chip away - day to day, week to week-  through that time period of establishing goals, building on experiences, and finding that direction of what might be a happy and productive pathway for them as they enter into adulthood."  -Dan McManmon


CIP President Dan McManmon recently joined Ilia Walsh, creator and host of the Autism In Real Life (Autism IRL) podcast to discuss the width and depth of CIP's autism transition programs. Autism IRL was created with the dedication to offer insights into the joy and challenges of living with autism. Listeners to the show can expect to learn "strategies for learning, employment, relationships, day-to-day living and more." Ilia Walsh, the podcast's creator, brings "over 25 years of experience in training and education working with adults and children, Ilia is a veteran in her craft."


Dan McManmon grew up in western Massachusetts with four sisters, six foster brothers, and an adopted brother. Dan’s father, Michael McManmon, founded the College Internship Program (CIP) in 1984 and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his late 50’s. The experience and relationship growing up with his father have had a profound effect on his understanding and compassion of Autism, ADHD and related learning differences.


Dan is a member of the Autism Asperger’s Network (AANE), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), Autism Society of America (ASA), and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His co-authored work on Reframing was published in the Autism File Magazine and he is a contributor to Autism & Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2015.

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About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.